At a recent plenary I gave [earlier post] at the Colorado Association of Research Libraries Next Gen Library Interfaces conference, I went a little off-script and was educating (/haranguing) the mostly librarian audience about the present-and-near-future importance of the accessibility of full-text research articles to their researchers and scientists.
By accessibility of full-text I didn't mean the ability of a human to access the PDF or HTML of an article via a web browser: I was referring to the machine-accessibility of the text contained in the article (and the metadata and the citation information).
I was concerned because of the increasing number of discipline-specific tools that use full-text (& metadata & citations) to allow users (via text mining, semantic analysis, etc.) to navigate, analyze and discover new ideas and relationships, from the research literature. The general label for this kind of research is 'literature-based discovery', where new knowledge hidden in the literature is exposed using text mining and other tools.
Most publisher licenses do not allow for the sort of access to the full-text that many of these discovery and exploration tools need.
When I asked for a show of hands of how many were aware of this issue, of the ~200 in the audience, no one raised their hand.
I went on to suggest/rant that librarians should expect more of their researcher/scientist patrons to be needing/demanding this sort of access to the full-text of (licensed) journal articles. They need to anticipate this response, and I suggested the following non-mutually-exclusive strategies:
- demanding licenses from publishers and aggregators that allow them to offer access to full-text for analysis by arbitrary patron tools
- asking publishers to publish their full-text in the Open Text Mining Interface (OTMI)
- supporting Open Access journals which allow-for much of this this out-of-the-box (but often have very difficult APIs or non-at-all and only web pages to get at the content!!)
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Thanks to Martha Lee UCLA via NGC4LIB.